ENJOYING THE JOURNEY TOWARDS A DESTINATION
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. We have all heard this said in one form or another, but what does it really mean? Two years ago I embarked on a journey, my goal was to attain something I had always wanted for quite some time: a Masters degree. It was a personal goal that was deep seated and although through the years I did try to get one the pieces in my life never seemed to align itself for that possibility. But two years ago things aligned and I went for it. But I was different this time as I was a maturer person intending to savor each moment in the journey as best I can.
Why that distinction? Well in my younger years I tackled goals quite differently. I pursued all my dreams with gusto, intensity, grit…and sadly impatience and lack of understanding. What didn’t I understand? That it’s about enjoying the journey. I always worked for the final climax, whether that was finishing my undergraduate studies, making a feature length film before the age of 30, and so on. Fast forward many years later and when I would be reminiscing with old class mates I would discover that I couldn’t quite remember details we had shared together.
Back to the present, I finally went for my Masters in the C.T Bauer College of Business. As much as I could I tackled each class with thought, really listened to what was going on around me, made intentional friendships, and even sat through the entire three and a half hour graduation ceremony held in the NRG stadium. As I stood for recognition for achieving high honors, as I watched us walk the stage, I had an inner satisfaction that was not based on that precise moment. It was based on the realization that I was and had actually enjoyed and lived the journey to this. l remembered the simple things like the lectures, the nightly studies to pass a test, the homework that was always due, and that I had accomplished this, this time, the right way.
As you read this ask yourself if you are enjoying the journey in your current experience or whether you are simply plowing through it. Are you enjoying raising your children, laughing at their jokes, and yes even enjoying their tantrums? Are you actually savoring and enjoying the journey as you network, write that blog, research that marketing strategy, and work through the difficulties you face as you grow your business? Are you enjoying the commute to work, problem solving with your colleagues, understanding that new challenge at work? Are you enjoying the journey of growing in intimacy with your life partner? Are you appreciating the journey of developing that loyal friendship? Whatever it is, are you enjoying the journey or just waiting for the end result of the destination? Pause and ask yourself.
In conclusion, take your time through life. Change is constant and one day all we will have are memories. Our attitude now will determine if we will remember the details of each stage of our life with fondness and pride, or if it will be remembered as a blur.
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